What’s in a name?

I went ahead and registered a pretty name for these Internets. That pretty name is durham.io. The old name will continue to function, but should redirect.

The twitter account has also been renamed. Not that I’m really using it yet (or, probably, ever); but ya never know.

(Geeky stuff follows, feel free to skip it)

Surprisingly (to me) domain squatters seem to track new wordpress blog subdomain activity, and register the subdomains on various TLDs pretty quickly. The net result being that squatters had already nabbed dailydurham.com/net/et al before I decided to actually register anything at all. That effectively took them off the table, cause I ain’t paying no ransom on a name that I don’t really even like to begin with. I actually prefer “durham.io” to any of those, but io domains cost enough that I had initially balked at the prospect.

Out of sheer inertia and laziness this site is still just a wordpress.com hosted blog for the time being. I do not really love this theme, but I find that most of the other free options are difficult to navigate and generally equally uninspiring; if you’ve got a preferred WP theme, let me know.

2 thoughts on “What’s in a name?”

  1. Unsurprisingly, to me, “totstroc.wordpress.com” appears to be singularly unappealing to the aforementioned cyber squatters.

    BTW, isn’t the .io TLD “Indian Ocean”? Also, FWIW, dailydurham.xxx seems to,be available 🙂

  2. Oh, I’m not sure I’m photogenic enough to found durham.xxx.

    The .io TLD is becoming more popular among geeks and hipsters, and the geographic designation is not enforced. Indeed, google itself no longer treats it as a geographic designator when determining regional search results, placing it up with the big boys. The fact that domains are so darned expensive also means that speculators haven’t bought up cool names in bulk yet.

    Since I am both a geek and a hipster, it seemed appropriate!

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